Happy Valentine’s Day to me!
Seems odd, wishing a happy Valentine’s Day to ones self. Yet every year at this time I wish myself a happy V day and I am grateful. You see about 41 years ago I averted a terrible destiny, a fate that would’ve have changed my life and led me down a road far off the journey I have chosen for my life. This is where I should be right now right here, with a wife that perfectly fits me, a mess of great kids, a great career, an incredible church and inspirational friends. There is no where else I would rather be, except for maybe in the NBA or perhaps the professional golf tour, but I digress. When I look back in my life I can clearly see a path that God has woven for me. Undoubtedly, I have made a myriad of rotten choices, but God has used these choices to bring me to this place. Those are stories for another time, and most of em probably shouldn’t be public, but now back to 41 years ago.
You see my birthday is very close to Valentine’s day, only hours away. By the grace of God I was able to hang on and miss entering this world on this day of love. Why should anyone be so frightened? Frightened of a made up holiday? Frightened of a holiday made of love, chocolates and flowers? Well you see if I had been cursed with birth on this sacred day, my life’s path would have been guided by a different moniker, one that would have caused me certain pain and consternation throughout my childhood and forever changed the destiny of my life; for my dad has oft told me, that if I had been born on Valentine’s day I would be forever dubbed Valentino Godfrey. Yes, Valentino Godfrey. If you doubt the veracity of such a threat, take this into consideration, my sister who was born 15 months after me, her name is Valery. Coincidence? I think not. So you can see why every year on this day I am thankful, thankful to carry a nice simple one syllable name, the namesake of my dad. Because I guarantee you, you have never met an Alaska State Trooper with eight kids named Valentino, and I submit that you never will.
Happy Valentine’s day to you all,
Love Valentino Godfrey